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Address: 155 N. Grant Street, Independence, CA 93526
Phone Number: 760-878-0258
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects...

The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects and information related to the cultural and natural history of Inyo County and the Eastern Sierra, from Death Valley to Mono Lake. The museum's permanent exhibitions include Native American basketry and crafts, Norman Clyde, Water Wars, Manzanar, Mary Austin, farming, ranching, pioneer families, geology, and a rotating special exhibit each year. The Museum also houses about 27,000 historic photographs of the Eastern Sierra region.We also have a museum giftshop.

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It's a 'special' museum

Really gives you a feeling for Inyo County And the environs-- The town of independence is special--it doesn't have a traffic light--it has a very eccentric French restaurant... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really gives you a feeling for Inyo County And the environs-- The town of independence is special--it doesn't have a traffic light--it has a very eccentric French restaurant named" Still life Café"-- Getting back to the museum --you feel like you have entered a very well appointed old home, transporting you back to that era that is gone with the... More 

Thank jbelizej1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great historical museum, has many displays and knowledgeable staff for the history of the area. It includes vast historical information on the Manzanar Japanese internment camp as well. Small town so it's easy to find the museum, and everyone around was nice to talk to.

Thank Chris S
San Jose, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

After this museum turned me on to this character, I have been searching and reading about Norman Clyde, a truly monumental character. Thanks!!

Thank oldhippiegal
West Orange, New Jersey
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59 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This museum has an awesome display of artifacts which help illustrate the developing history of the eastern California area especially the Sierras. I learned a great deal about the local culture and characters. Especially fabulous is the collection of local Native American baskets.

Thank adhphd
Carson City, Nevada
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164 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This museum has some of the most spectacular California native basket collections you'll find. Even if you aren't a fanatic, you'll be amazed at the art these baskets and the skill that went into them. There is also an interesting display concerning the Japanese internment camp in the area - maybe a good place to introduce young people to this... More 

Thank foodiefool_10
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

An excellent small museum that presents fascinating collections of diverse local history, archaeology, and geology in a direct and educational manner. In addition to the fascinating indoor displays are a delightful garden of local botanicals and an intriguing "graveyard" of old machinery that summarizes technological advances of the last century.

Thank John S
Mililani, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I loved learning about the settlers in the area, how they lived and survived. The staff there is very knowledgeable and very friendly.

Thank sandyy65
Redondo Beach
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

Inside this free museum you will find great exhibitions telling the story of the eastern sierras. Visitors will learn about the geology of the area, fossils including mammoth bones, the indigenous plants and animals, the native peoples, westward settlers, the engineering of the Los Angeles aqueduct and the dark story of Manzanar. This is a great stop for people of... More 

Thank 14jasonp
Independence, California, United States
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very well done small museum. They have beautiful baskets woven by the local Paiute/Shoshone tribal members as well as their ancestors. A lot of local history is also explained and the items from days long gone are on display. There is a nice picnic area as well.

Thank Harlan R
Nokomis, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We tuned in to the AM channel for Manzanar and it mentioned this museum just ahead so we drove a few more miles and found this small building with LOTS of farm and construction antiques outside. Inside we found a fabulous, detailed, and well-laid out museum. The lady we talked to, Heather, was enthusiastic, informative, and extremely knowledgeable with or... More 

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